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Renovation: Wallpaper Vs Paint for your walls

Wallpaper in this bedroom, designed by Collective Designs, ups the style factor in the space with its elegant colours and design.

 

When we want to refresh a tired interior, one of the things we think of is new walls; maybe having a pop of colour or new patterns and textures on them. However, the big question is which to go for — wallpaper or paint? It’s not a simple decision as both have their pros and cons.


 


A lovely pink coloured paint applied on a wall transforms a simple living room and makes it more inviting. Design by wynk;collaborative.

 

  Wallpaper Paint
Preparation Wall condition is not critical as it will not be obvious underneath, even though it is best to fill in holes for the best finishing. Cannot be applied to damaged or dirty walls, so you might have to plaster, smooth or wash the walls first. A primer might be needed, too.
Installation Can be difficult to install, as measuring, cutting to size and matching seams are required. Its removal requires the right tools and supplies, and extra care needs to be taken to not damage the wall. Simple tools such as paint rollers and brushes are all that's needed, and you can simply paint over existing coats.
Variety Comes in paper and vinyl. Has all kinds of designs, from simple and subtle to loud and flamboyant in various textures. Besides countless shades, it has a range of glosses, sheens and finishes.
Durability It may be easily soiled or damaged, but some types can be cleaned. However, it can last for at least 10 years. Needs a new coat every few years, and can chip when walls get scraped or hit.
Pricing Each time, on average is more expensive to purchase and install. It has a higher labour cost. Each time, on average is cheaper, requires few supplies and does not require a professional to get the job done.
Application Generally, it is not receommended to have in bathrooms and other high-moisture rooms. It is applied with an adhesive, which can be affected and cause the wallpaper to peel. Suitable for anywhere in the home. There are even different types for different requirements.

 

 

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